van der Garde hasn’t had the best luck recently after being forced to retire from the Japanese and Indian Grand Prix due to first lap incidents. The Dutchman was involved in another first lap incident though this time he was able to continue with his race after Kimi Raikkonen ran into the back of his car.
The Dutchman was pleased with his 18th place finish and said it was one of his best races ever.
“I have to say that’s one of my best ever races. The car was great today and the work the boys did in the stops, they were really on it and that helped a lot in the race.” He said.
“We know we need more luck and things to happen to the cars ahead to be able to get back tenth place in the championship, but it’s still good to have finished so far ahead of our nearest rivals. We need to carry that form through for the final two races and I know that if things come our way, we can do what’s required to finish my rookie season on a really positive note.”
His teammate Pic didn’t feel his race had gone quite as well saying the car lacked balance and wasn’t performing as well as he wanted.
“The car’s been understeering all weekend and it just carried on the same today in the race.” Pic said.
“In the second stint the car just didn’t have any balance I could work with.”
Coming up to the halfway point in the race Pic was asked to move aside for van der Garde who was lapping faster than him.
“I was ahead of Giedo but the team told me to let him pass so I did but with the way the car felt I couldn’t get any more out of it. That was the same pretty much right to the flag – in the final stint it felt a bit better but still nowhere near enough what I’d wanted.” said Pic.
Caterham finished ahead of both Marussia’s but were unable to challenge for a 13th place finish which is necessary for them to finish 10th in the constructors championship.
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